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Thames Water (TWUL) delivers a dual-skilled apprenticeship programme in either Mechanical, Electrical and ICA for 65 apprentices across both Wholesale Waste and Wholesale Water. Our current service requires a supplier to manage and deliver the TWUL ...

Contract award notice - utilities

Results of the procurement procedure

Services

Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Thames Water Utilities Limited
Procurement Support Centre - 3rd Floor East, c/o Mail Room, Rose Kiln Court
Reading
RG2 0BY
United Kingdom
E-mail:
NUTS code: UKJ11

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.thameswater.co.uk

I.2)Joint procurement
I.6)Main activity
Water

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Apprenticeship Management and Upskilling Services.

Reference number: FA1341
II.1.2)Main CPV code
80530000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Thames Water (TWUL) delivers a dual-skilled apprenticeship programme in either Mechanical, Electrical and ICA for 65 apprentices across both Wholesale Waste and Wholesale Water. Our current service requires a supplier to manage and deliver the TWUL ME&I apprenticeship and to complete delivery. We support 32 employees through upskilling programmes to achieve a Level 3 NVQ, therefore there will be a need for the supplier to deliver future upskilling training. The TWUL Engineering Apprenticeship must be mapped to Trailblazer standards by 2018.

The service provider must be approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and be accepted onto the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

With the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy funding TWUL will be introducing upskilling and apprenticeship programmes across the business. The service provider must have the capability to support and deliver a wide range of programmes that are mapped to the new trailblazer standard.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
80531000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKI
NUTS code: UKJ
Main site or place of performance:

Whole of Thames Water Region.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The service provider will manage the TWUL apprenticeship scheme within Wholesale Waste and Wholesale Water. The supplier will work with apprentices to achieve qualifications in either Mechanical, Electrical or ICA qualifications:

- Year 1 Classroom full time with regular visits from the contractor to check quality of learning.

- Year 2 Classroom one day a week with site visits to the learner every 6 weeks to begin assessment process.

- Year 3-4 workplace Level 3 NVQ Assessments carried out in the workplace.

We are expecting a new intake of 36 apprentices from September 2017, therefore the supplier is required to support new yearly intakes. The TWUL Engineering Apprenticeship must be mapped to Trailblazer standards by 2018.

II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Any agreement awarded would be for an initial duration of 3 years with options to extend for 2 periods of 2 years and 1 period of 1 year.

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 068-129083
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a periodic indicative notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: 1
Title:

Apprenticeship Management and Upskilling Services

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
31/07/2017
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Activate Apprenticeships Limited
Technology Campus, Cuddesdon Way
Oxford
OX4 6HN
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKJ14
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting
V.2.6)Price paid for bargain purchases

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

All suppliers who wish to respond to this notice must request a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) by using the link in Section I.3) of this notice, i.e. https://www.thameswater.co.uk/welcome

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Thames Water Utilities Limited
Reading
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Thames Water Utilities Limited will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.

The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
02/08/2017